FBF Newsletter Faith Bible Fellowship From Pastor Chris: Taking Every Thought Captive I took the family to see the philosophical under- Volume 10, Issue 1 the new 3D spectacular pinning is not that a Avatar this week. It personal God created January, 2010 was the most visually the earth and set man in amazing presentations it as its steward. That of animism I’ve ever would be a Christian seen. argument for taking care of the earth. In Notes of Interest: Animism sees ultimate Avatar, God is gone, and New directory to be reality as spiritual, and his name (and that of published soon. Forms the physical world as his son) only good for available at FBF to “animated” by spirits or expletives. Animists update your informa- gods. Everything in the worship and serve the tion. physical realm from creation rather than the people to animals to Statements of 2009 Creator. In so doing, trees to rain to thunder donations to FBF to be they “exchange the truth to everything else have mailed this month. about God for a your eyes will be opened borrowed their spiritual lie” (Romans 1:25). and you will be like Men’s ministry break- essence from a great God” (Genesis 3:4-5). fast, January 9. unity of spirit. In Ava- Storytelling is a power- tar, its name is Eyra. ful conveyor of philoso- There is a Christian phy. Jesus knew it. So story, too, although a And she’s a good old gal, do filmmakers. Stories true one. It begins in a too. She helped the well told make the un- garden. It ends in a beautiful (in a Klingon derlying philosophies city. And in between is sort of way) Neyteri more persuasive. But a great drama—a battle identify the avatar Jake Inside this issue: when the truth is not in between good and evil in Sully as a kind of savior, it, an artfully told story which everybody takes a and she even was kind is nothing more than side, whether they know Christmas Minis- 2 enough to envelope the tries at FBF seduction. it or not. life force of the dying Dr. Grace Augustine (how And it has been happen- I don’t think Avatar’s subtle!), which Sigour- ing for a long time. The filmmaker likes our New Bible Studies 2 ney Weaver found ex- first seducing story that story very much. In at FBF hilarating. Hmm. I’ve I know of was told by a fact, with all the pot- been suspicious of that serpent who wove a fic- shots he took at me not Hrvoje & Petra 2 sort of thing ever since tion about a God who only of a religious na- Malovic Coming to that old Twilight Zone counted his deity a thing ture, but also political FBF when we found out that to be grasped, and lied and moral, I got the idea the alien book “To Serve to his creatures to keep that he was after me January Calendar 3 Man” was actually a them from attaining personally. He would cookbook. what he wanted only for have got me, too, if I himself. “You will not hadn’t ducked a spear Women of Joy Con- 4 Of course, the film con- surely die,” said the that went just over my ference veys a strong environ- serpent, “for God knows right shoulder. mentalist message, but that when you eat of it Page 2 FBF Newsletter Thank You for Serving Thank you, everyone who served at and Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree minis- of people who live near out church. through Faith Bible Fellowship during try. For the first time ever, all of our We also sponsored a “Christmas Sing- the Christmas season. Angel Tree families came to our Christ- ing” at NHC Healthcare in Oak Ridge. mas banquet, where FBF volunteers Friends and members of FBF gener- Thanks to all who came and played or helped the children get their gifts and ously provided Christmas gifts for chil- sang, and chatted with the residents shared the gospel with their families. dren of incarcerated parents through afterward. Thanks to all our Angel Tree volunteers, those who helped And FBF people staffed a Salvation provide and prepare food for Army Kettle Campaign outpost our banquet, and to Jack Fur- (Kroger, Oak Ridge) with very enthusi- nari and Mike Benjamin for astic bell ringers for two days. Thank providing terrific Christmas you, all. We’re looking forward to hear- dinner music. ing a report of the results of all that ringing, singing, and Merry Christ- Other volunteers stuffed masing. Christmas gift bags or dis- tributed them to homes in the All in all, it was probably the most out- church neighborhood. Pray wardly focused Christmas season we’ve that the Christmas Edition ever had at FBF. Thank you all so ESV New Testaments will be much for your service to the cause of used by the Lord in bringing Christ in the lives of people. Angel Tree families loved the idea of having a family his truth to bear in the lives photo sent to the mom or dad in prison. Learning the Bible at FBF Two new opportunities to better learn sermons on Romans from 1955 until the Bible begin this month at Faith 1968, and the church grew! Bible Fellowship. Romans is unique in the New Chip and Jeff are planning on present- The first is a study of the book of Ro- Testament in that it is a ing Romans over only 13 Sundays, mans in Chip Hawley’s and Jeff Doug- systematic summation of the starting in January. las’ adult Sunday School class. Romans doctrine of salvation. Also in January, we will offer another is unique in the New Testament in that small group that will begin with a it is a systematic summation of the study of the short New Testament book, doctrine of salvation. from trying to merit God’s favor 2 Thessalonians. The study is sched- It was Romans that caught the eye of through his monkery. John Wesley uled for Thursday nights beginning the libertine Augustine, turning him was saved while listening to a reading January 14. If you are interested in into a saint. It was Romans that cap- of Luther’s Preface to Romans. And Dr. hosting the group in your home, let tured Martin Luther, and saved him Martin Lloyd Jones preached a series of Pastor Chris know. Malovics Coming to Oak Ridge in March Hrvoje and Petra Malovic, our missionar- our worship services, probably on Mar. 21. ies in Croatia, will be visiting for a few FBF is in the second year of a five-year days in late March. They will be bringing ministry partnership with Hrvoje and their children Mia, Dora, and one we have Petra. He writes, “God is bringing new not met yet, Emili. people to his kingdom in this country.” Hrvoje will be our guest speaker at one of We’re looking forward to hearing more. Volume 10, Issue 1 Page 3 January 2010 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Sunday School 9:30a NHC Healthcare Wel- Men’s Ministry Break- Worship 10:45a come Ministry, 10a fast, 8a at FBF Nursery: Karen Hawley Greeter: Alyssa Bryson Children’s Church: Lisa Walls Searchlights/Lifeboat Youth Groups, 6p 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Sunday School 9:30a NHC Healthcare Wel- Elders Prayer Meeting, Circle Group Bible Study Worship 10:45a come Ministry, 10a 7p on 2 Thessalonians, site TBA Nursery: Carol VanCleef Greeter: Julia Walls Children’s Church: Linda Douglas Searchlights/Lifeboat Youth Groups, 6p 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Sunday School 9:30a NHC Healthcare Wel- Circle Group Bible Study Worship 10:45a come Ministry, 10a on 2 Thessalonians, site TBA Nursery: Nancy Mills Greeter: Bernice Seith Children’s Church: Sandy Abelquist Searchlights/Lifeboat Youth Groups, 6p 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sunday School 9:30a NHC Healthcare Wel- Elders Business Meeting, Circle Group Bible Study Worship 10:45a come Ministry, 10a 7p on 2 Thessalonians, site TBA Nursery: Sandy Richards Greeter: Sandy Abelquist Children’s Church: Shannon Tracey Searchlights/Lifeboat Youth Groups, 6p 31 Sunday School 9:30a Worship 10:45a Nursery: Karen Hawley Greeter: Sharon Lantz No Children’s Church Searchlights/Lifeboat Youth Groups, 6p Faith Bible Fellowship 145 Iroquois Road Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 The purpose of Faith Bible Fellowship is to glorify God by Phone: 865-482-5119 developing disciples of Jesus Christ from spiritual birth to E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org spiritual maturity. 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